MP Nguluvhe appeals for an airport in Beitbridge



BEITBRIDGE – The Member of Parliament (MP) for Beitbridge East Albert Nguluvhe has appealed to Government for an airport at Beitbridge. 

Nguluvhe said the airport was necessary because there is a lot of travelling between Harare and Beitbridge and Beitbridge and other cities including Mutare and Gweru.

He said that as an MP, he travels every Sunday from Beitbridge to Harare.

Nguluvhe made this appeal to the Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Felix Tapiwa Mhona during a tour by editors of the rehabilitation of the Harare – Beitbridge Highway and the US$300 million mordenisation of Beitbridge Border Post last Friday.

The tour was organized by the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (ZINEF), the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development and the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA).

In his response Mhona said Government was going to resuscitate a District Development Fund (DDF) airstrip situated towards Lutumba some 15km from the border and this would serve as an airport. 

“DDF has an airstrip here towards Lutumba. We will make sure we resuscitate and bring it back to life so that you enjoy those services,” he said.  

ZINEF chairperson Dumisani Muleya said the purpose of the tour was to bring editors to see progress on the multimillion dollar projects so that they can report from an informed position.

“Journalists are also obligated to hold those in authority to account and this visit will enable them to report what they saw to the people,” said Muleya. 

Nguluvhe applauded Government for the rehabilitation of the Harare –Beitbridge Highway which he described as state of the art. He said that the number of accidents on the road have gone down as a result.

“The road was in a bad state and the number of accidents were increasing but this is now under control. We are happy with the development. I also travel from Beitbridge to Harare every Sunday and back on Thursday, my appeal is for Government to consider building an airport in Beitbridge,” he added. 

He also appealed to editors to invite investors through publicity to Beitbridge.

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